Category: Legislation

Rhode Island Senate Bill 2610

Rhode Island S.B. 2610 would make it a felony to electronically disseminate sexual content to a person known or believed to be a minor beyond what is allowed under the Miller/Ginsberg test. It is a companion bill to H.B. 7766.

Rhode Island Senate Bill 2647

Rhode Island S.B. 2647 would make it a crime to electronically disseminate indecent materials to a person known or believed to be a minor beyond what is allowed under the Miller/Ginsberg test. It would also bar “annoying” communication that serves no legitimate purpose and causes emotional distress to a person. And it would criminalize the distribution of nude images without the consent of the person depicted.

South Carolina Proviso 89

South Carolina Proviso 89 would impose a 20% tax on printed matter that contains “frontal nudity.”

South Carolina Senate Bill 255

South Carolina S.B. 255 would require any website to remove arrest and booking records within 30 days of written request if the person was not convicted.

Tennessee Senate Bill 1236

Tennessee S.B. 1236 would enact a 25% sales tax on advertising in certain periodicals for sexually-oriented material and adult materials that are restricted for anyone less than 18.

Tennessee Senate Bill 2860 and House Bill 3081

Tennessee S.B. 2860 and H.B. 3081 would impose a 25% tax on any material “harmful to minors”; any material sold or rented at a store with an “adults only” section; and any movies with “sexually explicit” content, with the exception of movies rated “R” or “NC-17″ by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Texas House Bills 101 and 603

Texas H.B. 101 and H.B. 603 would criminalize the distribution of nude images if one knows or should have known that the person depicted did not consent to the distribution.

Texas Senate Bill 1135

Texas S.B. 1135 would bar the distribution of nude or sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted, if the person depicted is identifiable (even if the identifying information was added by a third party) and if the distribution caused harm to the person depicted.

Texas Senate Bill 1512

Texas S.B. 1512 would categorize “sensitive crime scene” photos as not part of public disclosure under Texas’s Public Information Act and would limit access and distribution.

Utah House Bill 353

Utah H.B. 353 would allow video game retailers to be sued if they advertise that they will adhere to the private ESRB rating system but fail to do so.